Healthcare Assistant Sam Barclay completes certificate that our CEO helped launch!

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CEO from Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Health Assistant Sam at Arthur Rank Hospice with his Skills For Care Certificate

Sam Barclay a Healthcare Assistant who works on our Inpatient Unit – was congratulated by our CEO last week after completing his Health Education England, Skills For Care and Skills For Health certificate, exactly one year after he started working at Arthur Rank Hospice!

Having previously worked in a non-clinical setting, Sam has become the first colleague to complete the training programme online.

Through completing modules on such topics as:

  • Duty of Care
  • Privacy and Dignity
  • Mental Health
  • Dementia and
  • Learning Disabilities.

Sam now has the specialist knowledge needed to support him in his new role within palliative care.

Sam explained:

“This is my first clinical role and I really enjoy it.  Studying for this certificate has given me a much better understanding of my role and responsibilities in caring for people with life limiting or palliative conditions and it ensures I can give them the best possible care”.

Presenting Sam with his certificate also had a special significance for our CEO, Sharon Allen.  In her previous role as CEO of Skills for Care, she was involved with developing the certificate at its inception, ensuring it provided an effective induction for people working in both social care and health settings. She says:

“Congratulations to Sam who I know has worked really hard to achieve his Care Certificate, it’s lovely to hear how much he has learned from completion of the modules.

I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity to present this award to him as I was there at the start of development and helped launch the Care Certificate, working collaboratively with colleagues from Skills for Care, Skills for Health and Health Education England

It’s brilliant to see how it works in action, supporting colleagues here at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity with a comprehensive induction at the start of their careers, enabling them to provide the highest quality palliative and end of life care.

A big thank you to the In-patient Unit staff and the Education team at the Hospice who supported him throughout his training.

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